Why Detox?

Why Detox?

The body is detoxifying itself naturally all the time. It cleanses itself daily through the liver, kidneys, colon, skin, lungs and lymph. It allows us to keep illness away, gives us energy and helps us think clearly.

If our bodies are being overloaded with stress and with toxins (found in the air we breathe, the foods we eat, chemicals in the water, pollutants, pesticides, household cleansers, and beauty products - including makeup, lotions, shampoo, hair dyes and perfumes) they will not be able to keep up.

Then toxins enter the bloodstream the liver works hard to detoxify the body of these harmful substances. When the liver becomes overworked and sluggish, all the detoxification pathways suffer. This puts major stress on our system and we start to develop food allergies, headaches, adrenal fatigue, bloating in the belly, bags under our eyes, weight gain, and worse. If not addressed these could start to turn into major chronic diseases.

By doing a detox, you are giving your organs a break, allowing them to operate more efficiently, and remove the toxins that cause inflammation in the body.

There are so many benefits of detoxing, here are a few:

  • Lose unwanted weight and bloating
  • Release stored fat
  • Renew your cells
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improve your digestion
  • Boost your immune system
  • Stronger sex drive
  • Clearer skin
  • Reduce cellulite
  • Better sleep
  • Access the energy your body needs to keep you healthy and restore your vital energy

Ideally, it is recommended to detox at least four times a year, with every change of season. I have put together both summer and winter detox programs for you to try detoxing with the foods that are in season. They are based on the Elimination Diet which means you will cut out the foods that are the common allergens and then re-introduce them slowly, one by one, to see which ones cause your body problems. It works as a diagnostic tool to uncover hidden sensitivities and food intolerances. It is a clean eating detox which could eventually become your way of life. By doing this you can reduce inflammation in your body, balance your pH levels, and improve vitality. These are the Complete and the Basic Detoxes that can be found on my website.

Try detoxing today! Give your body a break and eat clean.

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Gail is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, and the founder of Thrive and Shine. Based in Cape Town she assists clients nationwide in person, email and Skype. Gail helps men and...
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